Melting glaciers and rare minerals emerge: why focus on Greenland’s new government

Melting glaciers and rare minerals emerge: why focus on Greenland's new government

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This island is one of the least populated areas of the world

The results of the Greenland elections, this Wednesday (7/3), check the progress of a major mining project on the island Major international interest in the Arctic – And for this reason, it has been closely monitored by great powers.

Greenland is a region belonging to Denmark, but it is autonomous, so you can choose your rulers. Located between North America and Europe, Greenland covers an area of ​​over 2 million square kilometers and is considered the largest island in the world. It is the least densely populated area in the world: it has a population of only 56,000 people.

The island’s economy depends on fishing and Danish subsidies, but melting ice has paved the way for the exploitation of mineral resources – particularly for a rare element mining project south of the island that was a central theme in this week’s election has been made.

The parliamentary election was easily won by the left-wing Inuit Atakatigit, who garnered 37% of the vote and promised to oppose the mining project. The party will now have to form a new government.

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